Fascinating Relief Map of the World’s Largest Lake

Here is what’s under the surface of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume which contains about 22–23% of the world’s fresh surface water.

According to Wikipedia, with 23,615.39 km3 of fresh water Baikal contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined. With a maximum depth of 1,642 m (5,387 ft), it is the world’s deepest lake, and is considered among the world’s clearest lakes. It is also believed to be the world’s oldest lake – at 25–30 million years. In terms of surface area, it is the seventh-largest lake in the world.


  1. WRONG… The world’s largest lake is Caspian sea at 371,000 km2. Almost 12 times as big as the lake you picked as the “largest”. Not even close…

    You must be American, living in an alternate reality.

    • The article stated “Largest Freshwater lake by volume”, 7th largest by surface area. The salinity of the Caspian sea is approximately 12.8PPT (parts per thousand) on average. Freshwater is defined as 0.5PPT or less, so the Caspian sea is NOT freshwater, and frankly, most refer to the Caspian as “the worlds largest inland body of water”, most calling it a “sea” and very few calling it a “lake” since it is NOT freshwater. so yeah, read the article before making rude comments…….An American that doesn’t live in an alternate reality.


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